Date: May 1-31, 2016
One of the best things about living in or visiting Washington, DC is the ability to “visit” several different countries without ever leaving the city. During the spring, embassies are open to visitors as part of International Culture Awareness Month. As the city is diverse and grows more diverse every day, this special month offers a chance to expose your children to different cultures. Through music, food, dancing and various events, your family will get to travel the world throughout the month of May.
Date: March 20-April 16, 2016
Almost every spring weekend, there seems to be a festival or parade in DC, ranging from commemorative parades to music and culture festivals. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, drawing thousands of visitors from around the country and world. The month long festival includes a parade, fundraising party, kite festival and much more. And last year, the organizers added the Anacostia River Festival as the culminating event. Celebrate cherry blossoms, Japanese culture and spring arriving at this annual DC tradition.
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Date: Apr. 23, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The National Zoo is a fun and educational museum, offering events and programs year round in addition to daily programming. One of the annual special events is a celebration of Earth Day. The Zoo’s Sustainability Committee plans a day highlighting the efforts the team has made and continues to make to be more environmentally friendly. This is a great chance for your family to learn more about sustainability practices and what you can do as a family to help.
31 S Summit Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Date: May 21, 2016 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For many, the book fair was a yearly highlight during grade school, picking out your new books, bookmarks and cool accessories. As adults, you can pick up any book you want whenever you want, but it’s not quite the same. Book festivals capture that book fair spirit on a larger scale. With poets, best-selling authors, workshops, exhibits and a children’s village, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is perfect for the family that loves to read. Help promote and celebrate literacy.
Winchester, VA 22601
Date: April 22, 2016 – May 1, 2016
In it’s 89th year, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival seems to be getting bigger and better, with a carnival, parade, 10K, golf tournament, tennis tournament, pie baking contest, coronation, music competition and much more. An important Virginian tradition, the festival connects generations of DC area residents. The week long event has a variety of family friendly events that will kick your spring into bloom.